Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell did not mince his words this week when discussing Joe Biden’s handling of the crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border.
During an interview on Fox News, McConnell flat-out said that Biden “owns” the border crisis, and that, “It is, by definition, an emergency.”
“My definition of a crisis is when you send the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which only goes to emergencies, down to the border,” McConnell said.
“It is, by definition, an emergency. This administration walked away from the policy of the previous administration (which) was able to negotiate with the Mexican government, where people are detained on the other side of the border,” he added.
“It (Biden administration policy) allows that influx into our country and then they’re caught up in the system, which is largely going to remain under this administration a catch-and-release approach,” McConnell continued.
“Certainly we want to take care of the children, but this is about a lot more than these youngsters. This is about whether or not the federal government will contain the border. The previous administration did an excellent job on border security; this administration is stopping funding for the wall, as an example. How is that helpful?” he asked, rhetorically.
“Stopping the agreement with the Mexican government to contain people on the other side of the border? How is that helpful?” he asked.
“This is a crisis,” he declared. “I don’t care what the Secretary of Homeland Security wants to call it; it’s a crisis.”
My definition of a crisis is when you send the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which only goes to emergencies, down to the border.
This is a crisis. The Administration created it, and they own it. pic.twitter.com/mDxERtkDjK
— Leader McConnell (@LeaderMcConnell) March 17, 2021
Biden and his lax immigration policies and the fact that he has been practically begging migrants to come to the border for over a year are what created this new crisis.
Trump had the border under control and once Biden took office, the crisis occurred.
CNN’s John Avlon said Wednesday night that Biden “can’t afford to ignore” the problem at the U.S. southern border and that the administration’s change in immigration policies played a big role in the crisis.
Avlon said that the Biden administration has a “humanitarian crisis” on its hands and that they bear responsibility for it.
“There is a spike of apprehensions at the southern border. Over 100,000 in February alone. That included nearly 9,600 kids, many unaccompanied by adults,” Avlon said.
“The recent rise began in the final months of Trump’s term, but it’s escalated since Biden took office. The border is not open, that’s false, but it is fair to say that Biden’s retraction of a Trump policy, which made people seeking asylum wait on the Mexican side of the border, has contributed to the rise,” he added.
A new report from CNN on Monday revealed that children detained in an overcrowded government-run tent facility at the US-Mexico border say they haven’t been able to shower for days or contact their parents.
Some children get to shower about once a week and sometimes soap runs out, with only shampoo available, she said. One child told Welch she hadn’t showered in six days.
Things are so bad that Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas is asking DHS staff to “volunteer” to help deal with what he conceded was an “overwhelming” number of migrants at the border.